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Developing today's leaders through growth and change.

established in 2001, GELATT PARTNERS SPECIALIZEs IN LEADERSHIP COACHING, ORGANIZATIONAL CONSULTING AND DECISION MAKING. Based in the san francisco bay area, we work with leaders across the united states and abroad.

coaching & consulting

Carol Casey Gelatt partners with CEO’s, executive teams, board chairs and high potential leaders across the philanthropic, nonprofit, for profit and public sectors to build high-performing leaders, teams, boards and organizations that produce superior results. Carol’s clients are located across the United States and abroad. Services include executive coaching, 360 leadership assessment, leadership team facilitation, leadership onboarding and transition, organizational assessment and consulting, and board development.

In her roles as strategic and confidential sounding board, thinking partner and advisor, Carol is passionate about helping leaders and organizations “figure things out” when it comes to change and growth, especially when fresh eyes and new perspectives are needed to get to where they want to go. Ultimately executive coaching and organizational consulting foster accountability for achieving impact—personally, professionally and as a team.

Clients Include

Advent Software

Bay Area LISC

Bishop O’Dowd High School

California Department of Health Care Services

California Forward

California Voter Foundation

Career Action Center

Center for Cities + Schools, UC Berkeley

Center for Community Advocacy

Center for Excellence in Nonprofits

Center for Social Sector Leadership, UC Berkeley Haas School

Chicago Public Library

Contra Costa County Water District

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Digital Public Library of America

Diocese of Oakland Department of Catholic Schools


Environmental Volunteers

Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Future of California Elections

Glide Health Services

Howard E. Butts Grocery Company

Innovative Partnership Group/IPG360

James Irvine Foundation

Landmark Health

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

Move, Inc.

National Economic Development and Law Center

New York Public Library

Northrop Grumman/ProPath

Notre Dame High School San Jose

Pivot Learning

San Francisco Symphony Education Department


Stanford Alumni Association

Stanford Events

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Haas Center for Public Service

Stanford Live/Bing Concert Hall

Stanford Lively Arts

Stanford Office of University Communications

Stuart Foundation

University of Nevada Las Vegas



Decision Making

The minute you make up your mind that the way you see things makes a difference, it will make a difference in the way you see things and do things.

For over 60 years, H B Gelatt devoted his time to writing about his approach to decision making – Positive Uncertainty. H B proposed that we be uncertain about what we see yet positive about the uncertainty because it makes us more open-minded and receptive to new ways of seeing things. And it provides opportunity for doing different things. 

Learn more about H B’s approach to decision making at his blog, Positive Uncertainty and pick up a copy of his latest book — Future Sense: See the Forest and the Trees — in paperback and ebook on Amazon.

Our Team

Carol Casey Gelatt

Carol brings over 35 years of business leadership experience to her work as an executive coach and organizational consultant. Prior to co-founding Gelatt Partners with her husband H B in 2001, Carol spent six years in executive roles with two VC-funded Internet companies. She served as Vice President of Marketing and University Relations and executive team member for eProNet, an online recruiting and career services business for alumni of 20 top U.S. universities, originally founded by the Stanford Alumni Association. Prior to eProNet, Carol was a founding executive team member and Vice President of Content Development for MindSteps, the first to develop web-based enterprise assessment and development planning software for Fortune 500 companies. Before joining MindSteps, Carol spent 13 years with Drake Beam Morin, a worldwide leader in change and transition consulting for Fortune 500 companies, including as founding Managing Director of DBM’s Silicon Valley office and Senior Vice President of DBM Training & Consulting. She holds a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder, M.S. in counseling from San Francisco State University and certifications in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Benchmarks, Executive Dimensions and 360 by Design. A third-generation Californian, Carol is an avid cook, gardener, skier and walker.

H B Gelatt

For over 60 years H B Gelatt was regarded as an expert in decision making. Most notably he was the author of the book Future Sense: See the Forest and the Trees and the blog Positive Uncertainty: The Benefit of Doubt and Danger of Dogma. H B’s career encompassed a range of distinguished activities. He was Senior Research Scientist for the American Institutes for Research, Special Consultant and Trainer for the National and California Occupational Information Coordinating Committees, the College Board and the Kellogg Foundation Adult Learning Project. H B was a columnist for The Systems Thinking and Chaos Theory Newsletter and frequent keynote speaker to professional groups and organizations throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. Earlier in his career, H B was Director of Guidance and the Professional Renewal Program for the Palo Alto Unified School District. H B holds doctoral and master’s degrees in counseling psychology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Jose State University. There was much more to H B than his career and passion for decision making. The other loves of his life were his family, friends, walking, eating Carol’s cooking, reading, writing his blog, music, spectator sports (especially the Golden State Warriors, SF Giants, SF 49ers and Stanford football, basketball and baseball) and the continuous reinvention of H B. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack on June 3, 2021.

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